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Samsung launches an LTE-enabled Tile competitor

Samsung, naturally, would never be content to launch a regular old Tile competitor. The company just doesn’t roll like that. While the basic foundation of the SmartThings Tracker is similar to what Tile and a number of other startups offer, Samsung’s packed all it can into the product. The device tracker utilizes a combination of GPS to help locate lost products. The addition of LTE-M, meanwhile, means things like lost keys, backpacks and other belongings can be found through a much broader range of settings than standard Bluetooth-enabled products. That…

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Google gets more RCS messaging support from Samsung

Google has secured a bit more buy in from Samsung for a next generation text messaging standard it’s long been promoting. The Android OS maker’s hope for Rich Communication Services (RCS), which upgrades what SMS can offer to support richer comms and content swapping, can provide its fragmented Android ecosystem with a way to offer comparably rich native messaging — a la Apple’s iMessage on iOS. But it’s a major, major task given how many Android devices are out there. And Google needs the entire industry to step with it to support…

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Review: Samsung Q8FN 4K TV

One of the best perks of the job is that I get to try some tech toys that are simply out of my price range. From high-end cameras to bonkers-expensive pro laptops, I realize I'm pretty spoiled. That's why when I had the chance to try one of the newest Samsung 4K TVs in my apartment, a sense of dread came over me. Would swapping my dinky, three-year-old 40-inch for an expansive, pricey, 55-inch 4K unit ruin my life? Would I feel compelled to immediately jump onto the higher-def bandwagon…

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Huawei has its eyes on Samsung after beating Apple in smartphone sales

The Chinese smartphone maker said yesterday that it is positioned to become the world's largest smartphone vendor by the end of next year.Image: Jaap arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images Huawei is basically screaming, “Can you hear me now?” The Chinese smartphone maker said yesterday that it is positioned to become the world’s largest smartphone vendor by the end of next year. Huawei just upped its 2018 yearend shipment prediction to more than 200 million, which Huawei chief executive Howard Yu previously expressed as his goal. SEE ALSO: Huawei phones are about…

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Huawei is now the second largest smartphone maker

This bad boy was selling well.Image: Raymond Wong/mashable Huawei has finally done it: The Chinese giant shipped more smartphones in one quarter than Apple, and is now second only to Samsung.  The company shipped 54.2 million handsets in the second quarter of 2018, an enormous year-over-year increase of 40.9%, according to IDC. Samsung was in first place with 71.5 million handsets shipped, a year-over-year change of -10.4%. While Apple shipped 41.3 million handsets, compared to 41 million in the same period last year.  SEE ALSO: Huawei phones are about to…

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These Star Wars POWERbot vacuums talk and play music while cleaning your floors

These Star Wars POWERbot vacuums by Samsung are available for pre-order starting Oct. 10.Image: Samsung Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. For anyone who’s ever dreamed about using The Force to clean their house, here’s some exciting news. Samsung has just released a pair of Star Wars POWERbot™ vacuums that are available for pre-order starting Oct. 10. SEE ALSO: This $10 wireless mouse only needs to be charged once every three months The Star Wars vacuums come in both…

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Bill Gates has finally switched from the Windows Phone to an Android

Image: Getty Images At last, Bill Gates has joined us in the present. The Microsoft co-founder announced in an interview with Fox News Sunday that he’s now using an Android phone.  The move was probably inevitable. Windows on mobile has effectively been a dead platform ever since Microsoft gutted its phone division two years ago. While Windows 10 technically works on phones, there’s been pretty much zero support from hardware makers and app developers outside of Microsoft. Gates told Fox that the phone he uses is an “Android phone with…

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The difference between smartphone gimmick and game changer

Its hard to find a legitimately bad flagship phone these days. Sure, one peeks its head out from time to time, but on a whole most phones are pretty good. The screens, the cameras, the internals. There are always a few bits that could use improving (see: battery and durability), but the gulf between good and bad isnt any near where it once was. And for the past several generations, most flagship devices even more or less look the same. Sure, the fingerprint reader/home button gets moved around here or…

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